Rainy weather forces Cyclones inside

The rainy weather forced the ISU football team into the Bergstrom Indoor Training Facility for the first time this preseason, but that didn't slow the team down one bit. "[It was a] real good practice, real physical, [with a] run emphasis," ISU head coach Dan McCarney said. "It was a good long practice which we needed. We'll continue to roll three groups through and evaluate and get a lot of good work with them."

The Cyclones also worked on short yardage situations, whether it be 3rd and 2 or 4th and 1.


McCarney said the squad is very competitive and sometimes must be reminded they're not trying to beat Iowa State, they're trying to beat Illinois State.


The team got in about 36 periods today; they worked out in full pads this morning and half packs in the afternoon.


Despite the humidity in the indoor facility and the heat outside the past couple of days, McCarney said there has been no heat related problems. A student trainer works with every position group and keeps the players hydrated.


Minnesota transfer Scott Stephenson is running with the No. 1's at center, allowing the Cyclones to try Seth Zehr out at three different positions.


"We just making sure [Zehr] can play all of those – center and inside guards," McCarney said. "He probably won't be back out at tackles and if the Fisher brothers keep on coming on like I believe they can and will then Seth shouldn't have to play anymore tackle."


McCarney said the Fisher twins – Scott and Paul – have been improving daily, but they're not ready to go against the Iowa front line yet.


"We just feel better about our depth there at tackle," McCarney said. "There's a good competition going on there with [Johannes] Egbers."


The evaluation period will continue throughout the preseason and Saturday's scrimmage, which will be very important for players fighting for playing time.


The Cyclones will have a walk-through Friday morning and practice in pads in the afternoon. Saturday morning the team will scrimmage for an hour, after an hour of fundamental practice.


Saturday afternoon the Cyclones will come back for a short practice and work on corrections and different game situations (end of the game, end of the half, over time, 4th and long, 3rd and real long, etc.).



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